Thursday, February 9, 2012
A Fresh Piece of Basil
I walked through the grocery store tonight, after a long day, just yearning to go home and crawl under the covers. It was cold outside and I hadn't slept much last night. I was hungry but knew there was no way I was going to cook when I got home. As always, I spend most of my time in the fruit and vegetable aisle. I was looking at all the colors displayed in the Wegmans produce section. The bright oranges, the reds of the apples, the green celery, the blue berries. I found myself yearning for spring and summer and all the special salads and fruit pies. It feels so good to eat well.
I strolled through the aisle soaking it all in and remembering the delicious sweetango apples my friend grows in his farm in Kendall, NY. I wait for them each year now. And those delicious donut peaches! Yum!
I bumped right into the tomatoes and saw one of my most favorite herbs - Basil!!!!!!!! I love italian cooking and italian food and caprese salad is just heaven for me! The basil plants were sitting there amongst the tomatoes and I just had to pick off a piece and start smelling that little basil leaf!
I know some people don't appreciate the sensuousness (is that a word? lol!) of food but I sure do! I took that little basil leaf and rubbed it and smelled it all through my trip to Wegmans. I closed my eyes and thought about that caprese salad with fresh slices of the summers tomatoes, and fresh mozzarella, drizzled with balsamic dressing. My mouth is watering as I write this.
So, a little bit of summer on a very, crisp, cold winter night!
And what of the basil leaf? Hahaha. I ate it as I bumped into a dear friend in the fresh bread section! Nothing like a sandwich tomorrow with basil, mozzarella, proscuitto and tomatoes on fresh italian, crusty bread! I am truly a food lover!
Posted by Kimberley Barker Nightingale at 9:46 PM